Pevensey Bay

East Sussex

Pevensey Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

This historical fishing village boasts a rural shingle beach, known as the landing place for William the Conqueror. Local shops and facilities available within a 100m walk of the beach.


Popular activities here include: fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, jet-skiing and sailing. There are lots of places to eat along the seafront.

Wildlife and Walks

Many Martello towers were built in this area as part of the Napoleonic defences of England in the early 1800’s, these can still be found along the beach. Fairly close are also National Trust sites - Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere valley - both fantastic for butterflies.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Good

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Facilities at Pevensey Bay

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Pay parking is available behind the beach.

Dog restrictions


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Beach cleaning

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